General Cycling Discussion - Suspension Corrected Forks?
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10-13-10, 10:58 PM
Could anyone post a definition for suspension corrected forks?
I once had a LBS replace a suspension fork on my Giant Cypress commuter-build with a rigid fork but...
the term suspension corrected baffles me.
The most common definition I could find states the bikes handling will not change.
This still confuses me as when I went from suspension forks to rigid the handling got better.
Thanks for any and all replies...
(Sorry if this the wrong forum)
10-13-10, 11:56 PM
Forks blades are longer so the head tube won't change for steeper angles,
and lowering the BB height.
lightening up the front end cant hurt.
A "suspension corrected" rigid fork is designed to replace a suspension fork without compromising the steering or bottom bracket height. The reason this term is used is because normally you would design a rigid fork to be as short as possible from the axle to the crown (bottom of the lower headset bearing). However, when a bike is designed for a suspension fork, you need to use a rigid fork with longer fork blades to keep from making the steering too quick or the bottom bracket too low. The length of a suspension corrected rigid fork should be about the same as a sagged suspension fork. The sag is usually about 20-30% of total travel and is the result of the rider sitting on the bike.
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